Wilder will defend title at home

In January the undefeated Wilder won the title in Las Vegas by dominating Bermane Stiverne over 12 rounds.

In a chat with BoxingScene.com, Wilder said that he was excited by the news that his first title defence would take place just outside his hometown.

"It feels great considering that we have had a lot of other great champions that came from Alabama that people don't even know (came from Alabama) like Evander Holyfield, Joe Louis and Earnie Shavers.  

"Me having the opportunity to fight there while still residing there and becoming a champion is an awesome feeling in itself.  Also to be able to bring a commission back there and bring back professional fights is another great feeling alone in itself.  

"Being able to bring Alabama their first title fight in history is an amazing feeling," said Wilder.

The 29-year-old Wilder, who is unbeaten in 33 fights, is proud of his Alabama heritage and is proud to take the fight home.

"The heavyweight champion of the world is from Alabama and that is a state where college football has been big for so long.  

"Now I can say Deontay Wilder is #1 and Alabama football is #2 because college football is only nationwide and boxing is worldwide.  It is a great feeling to have this fight in Alabama," Wilder told BoxingScene.com.